January 20, 2022, 3:13

    Family forced to live in damp-infested home with peeling wallpaper for 6 years

    Family forced to live in damp-infested home with peeling wallpaper for 6 years

    A family say they have been forced to live in a damp-infested house for years with mouldy furniture and peeling wallpaper.

    Shocking pictures show blackened furniture and soaked walls which have forced the family to shell out thousands of pounds in a desperate bid to make their home more comfortable.

    Dad Anthony Evans said his four-year-old son Alfie has thrown up from coughing while living in the cold, damp home in Priesthill, Glasgow.

    His 11-year-old daughter Toni was rushed to hospital in November 2021 and then diagnosed with asthma, while 15-year-old twins Andrew and Mikey cough constantly, he claims.

    With the worst-hit room shut off, Mr Evans and his wife Elizabeth have been sleeping in the lounge while their three sons share a bedroom, reports Glasgow Live.

    Wallpaper peeling off from the walls


    They have also spent thousands refurbishing walls and replacing furniture ruined by mould since the problem arose in 2016 with next to no help from Sanctuary housing association, Mr Evans claims.

    He added: "They haven’t done anything to help us. It’s making everyone unwell.

    "My daughter now has full-blown asthma. My youngest son has thrown up from coughing during the night and constantly has a runny nose.

    "Our clothes feel wet to the touch and our house always smells. It feels colder in here than it does outside."

    Mr Evans insisted they are good tenants who have never missed a rental payment and called for the housing association to "admit they're in the wrong."

    "They’re an absolute joke. It's like banging your head off a brick wall," the cleaning supervisor added.

    The family moved to the house from a neighbouring property through Sanctuary's mutual exchange programme in 2014.

    But two years later they discovered mould festering behind a unit in their twin boys' bedroom and a pool of water spreading from the wall.

    Mr Evans said the conditions are making his children ill


    Mr Evans said the housing association has sent out a team at least 10 times over the years, mostly during the summer when the issue had subsided.

    He added: "They would put their hands into the wall for less than five minutes and say the issue was condensation.

    "They told me to do this and that, open windows, open vents, keep furniture away from the walls.

    "But they wouldn’t say it was rising damp and just sort the problem."

    Workers came to repair a wall in December but said it was "soaking and we can't fix this," Mr Evans claims.

    "They said they would be back but we haven't heard from them since," he said.

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    The family has had to throw away brand new furniture every year and change the wallpaper every summer because it turns black.

    Mr Evans told how he bought his daughter a wooden cabinet bed for £1,500 which he had to dump after six months and has also thrown away four dining sets totalling around £4,500.

    "I've tried reasoning and arguing about it. I'm at my wit's end," he said.

    "We don't care if we are given another three-bed, we are used to that. We just need a house that's not damp."

    Sanctuary Scotland confirmed it has visited the property on several occasions in the past 12 months and carried out work including mould treatments.

    A spokesperson added: "We have also employed a specialist external contractor to carry out an inspection that did not identify any underlying rising damp issues.

    “We are committed to offering the family support and advice and will arrange for a further inspection to be carried out as soon as possible to investigate what options are available to improve the heating and ventilation in their home.”

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